zebra Posted February 26, 2022 Share Posted February 26, 2022 There don't seem to be any of the Chinese MiG-21 variants in the STGB yet so I'll try and fill that gap with a Chengdu F-7BG (probably - there's a chance I might end up doing a different export variant). This is a modified version of the J-7, which started out as a Chinese-built F-13, and has diverged a bit from the original - for example it's got a one-piece windscreen and a more conventional rear-opening canopy, differences in armament, and the J-7G that the F-7BG is based on (F-7 being the export variant and BG the version for Bangladesh) has an extended wingspan with a cranked-arrow profile. There are differences in the avionics and many of them have Martin-Baker Mk.10 ejection seats. I'll be using the Trumpeter 1/48 J-7G kit - here's the box shot: There's not a lot of aftermarket for this kit but that's fine, I'm going for a quick build (by my standards) to try and get myself out of a bit of a modelling slump. I might see if I've got some PE seatbelts in the stash for a Mk.10 seat, but won't do much more than that to the interior. On the outside, the most visible difference between variants is the number of guns - some just have one, others have one on each side. I may or may not decide to scratch build the extra gun. I might decide not to do it and live with the inaccuracy, or might decide it will be Sri Lankan instead as the Sri Lankan F-7GS only has one gun. Decals will be from Caracal's nice looking sheet. It includes options for Bangladeshi F-7BGs in two schemes (two-blue camouflage on top with sky blue underneath, or a two-greys wraparound scheme), Sri Lankan F-7GS and Pakistani F-7PG (both in wraparound greys), or a Nigerian F-7NI in a classic African sand/brown/green camo with a sky blue underside. Won't have to make my mind up for a while. Time to crack on. More soon. cheers Julian 15 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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